CCRPI scores are on the rise for some Augusta schools

Published: Nov. 3, 2017 at 8:28 PM EDT
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Friday, Nov. 03, 2017

(News 12 at 6 O’clock)

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- "It's a daily basis of complications trying to get things going, but we work hard and their teachers work hard." Tiffany Boyles life as a mom has its challenges, her seven-year-old son Lamar has ADHD, her six-year-old son Unique has autism.

Both go to Lamar Milledge Elementary in Augusta where she says a difference is made every day.

Boyles said, "They get interactive with them, they have special games that they play with them to try and teach them. They take their own time out of their days to tutor my kids so that they can get to where they need to be."

Since the start of the year, she's noticed a confidence boost in both her children. "With the help, they can go to a further extent. They could probably go to college and make something of themselves even with their conditions."

Richmond County School Superintendent Angela Pringle says it's that difference that reflects in this year's CCRPI scores a gain of six and a half points across the school system from last year.

These five Richmond County schools that are on a list of the lowest performing five percent in the state received their highest marks in five years:

• Meadowbrook Elementary School

• Laney High School

• Butler High School

• Josey High School

• Glenn Hills High School

"Now that our teachers have the full year to support children,” says Dr. Angela Pringle, the Richmond County Schools Superintendent, “I see them engaged in doing those kinds of things, those additional things they couldn't do before because of the furlough days."

From increased summer school attendance to improved parent-teacher communication Pringle says these are steps are worth celebrating.

"We can spend hours and hours focused on children who made one wrong decision when nine children just won a robotics competition or just went to the state for cross country," says Dr. Pringle.

Also on that list, Lamar-Milledge Elementary.

Which is good news for Tiffany, “That shows that they're doing something right. They're doing something to make these schools better and a better place for these kids and these parents to feel comfortable for their kids to go to."